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Thermal Bath in Bad Ems, Germany by 4A Architekten

Swimming pools typology: a plan of overlapping lozenges accommodates pools, saunas and a gym alongside the River Lahn

A new thermal bath has been constructed on the site of an earlier facility next to the River Lahn outside the German town of Bad Ems. The plan is a collage of overlapping Scharounian lozenges, which accommodate pools and saunas on the ground floor, and a gym and treatment rooms on the upper level. From here, patrons can access a roof terrace. Throughout the building, wonky pilotis and mosaics in a variety of primary shades promote an atmosphere of airy relaxation, while extensive glazing on the river side and two outdoor pools create an interpenetration between the architecture and the landscape beyond.

Read the typology essay here.



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